24/06/2009

ANNOUNCEMENT OΝ PAYMENT OF DIVIDEND FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2008 

It is hereby announced that the Ordinary General Meeting of the Shareholders of the Company, held on 24.6.2009, approved the payment of dividend of euro 0.42 per common and preference share, for the financial year 2008.
According to the law, said dividend will be increased by the dividend corresponding to the Company’s own shares. Consequently, there will be an additional payment of euro 0.01649 per share and after the withholding of a 10% tax ( i.e. euro 0.04365 per share), Shareholders will receive a net amount of euro 0.39284 per share.

Tuesday, 30th June 2009 has been set as the record date for the determination of the Shareholders entitled to dividend and, therefore, entitled to receive a dividend for the fiscal year 2008 will be the Shareholders registered in the Dematerialized Securities System on that date.

Friday, 26th June 2009 has been set as the ex-date and, therefore, as of that date the Company shares will be traded in the Athens Exchange without the right to receive dividend for the financial year 2008.

Monday, 6th July 2009 has been set as the date on which the dividend payment will commence.

The dividend’s payment will be made, in accordance with paragraph 5.5 of the ATHEX Rulebook and article 39 of the DSS Rulebook.

The dividend will be paid through ALPHA BANK as follows:

  1. To the operators (custodians and securities firms) of the beneficiary Shareholders provided that the Shareholders have granted them the right to collect dividends on their account.
  2. Τo the Shareholders themselves, through the branch network of Alpha Bank, by presenting their ID, as well as their particulars in the Dematerialized Securities System, in case they keep their shares with the Hellenic Exchanges S.A. or they have not given to their Operator the authority to collect dividend on their account or they have recalled such authority. The dividend may also be collected by a third person if, such person, apart from the above, holds an authorization with the full data of the beneficiary Shareholder verified for the authenticity of the signature of the Shareholder by the Police or any other competent Authority.

The relevant Payment of Dividend Certificates will be posted out by the Company.

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